Richmond Divine Nine members go to D.C.
8/31/2023, 6 p.m.
About 85 members of several Richmond area fraternities and sororities attended last Saturday’s March on Washington in Washington, D.C., where they joined thousands of others to commemorate the historic event’s 60th anniversary.
On Aug. 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people participated in the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, gathering near the Lincoln Memorial. During the widely covered event 60 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his exalted “I Have a Dream” speech.
Last Saturday, local members of the Alpha Phi Alpha and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternities, and Delta Sigma Theta and Alpha Kappa Alpha sororities road buses to the event, convened by the Kings’ Drum Major Institute and the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, to bring attention to many of the racial, social and economic disparities that continue today, said Darryl Stuckey, a past vice president of the Richmond Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Mr. Stuckey, who chairs the Alphas Making
Men program, and is a trustee of its Beta Gamma Lambda Education Foundation, said it is vital that young people know their history in light of all the efforts being made to dismantle the gains made by Black people and other minorities. “This is an example of why Black lives matter,” he said.